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Australia is the First Country to Get the New Nintendo 3DS Outside of Japan

by Ron Duwell | September 24, 2014September 24, 2014 9:30 am PST

While Nintendo 3DS owners scurry to save and wrack their brains over whether or not to update to the New Nintendo 3DS, a commonality between Nintendo and Apple fans, the incoming handheld has a confirmed release date for its first home outside of Japan.

Nintendo of Australia, during a Nintendo Direct presentation not hosted by President Satoru Iwata, has confirmed that the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available in its stores from November 21st. This new model allows for the brightness on the screen to be adjusted to save battery life, and it also comes with a new C-stick for easier control and an extra set of buttons on the shoulders.

Extra CPU power will also allow for larger, more complicated games to be exclusively released for it. Xenoblade Chronicles is the only confirmed game as of yet.

The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will be $219.95 and $249.95 at launch. Nintendo Australia Managing Director Tom Enoki confirms the release on November 21st, and he also confirms that the handheld will not be released in America or in Europe until 2015.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...